CHECK OUT THE 2023 Schedule

Saturday, February 25, 2023
11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Opening Author Keynote:
Leslye Penelope

11:00–11:15 AM

Author Leslye Penelope kicks off our programming with a keynote address
that offers valuable insights on storytelling and indie publishing.

Leslye Penelope

Leslye Penelope

Award-Winning Author

Leslye Penelope, who also writes as L. Penelope, is an award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance. Her debut novel Song of Blood & Stone was chosen as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. The novel also won the inaugural award for Best Self-Published Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.= She’s the author most recently of The Monsters We Defy and Savage City. She’s also an award-winning independent filmmaker and co-founder of a literary magazine. Leslye is an alumna of VONA/Voices and Hurston/Wright Writers Workshop. Her podcast, My Imaginary Friends, is a weekly journal of her publishing life, perfect for readers and writers alike. Prior to her writing success, she studied film production and computer science at Howard University, which led to a master’s degree in multimedia and a career in website development.
Savage City and Monsters We Defy Book Covers

The Business Savvy Author:
Mastering Marketing Strategies
to Find and Maintain Readers

11:15–11:55 AM

Self-publishing authors need to be more than great writers: they need to be
entrepreneurs. Join us for a panel devoted to forging your path as an indie
author to find the readers who will love and value your work.

Kilby Blades

Kilby Blades

Author

Kilby Blades is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her debut novel, Snapdragon, was a HOLT Medallion finalist, a Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize semi-finalist, and an IPPY Award medalist. She’s been lauded by critics for “easing feminism and equality into her novels” (IndieReader) and “writing characters who complement each other like a fine wine does a good meal” (Publishers Weekly). When she’s not writing her own novels, she teaches craft and the business of writing at the Berkeley Writing Salon. Kilby is an oenophile, a cinephile and, most of all, a glutton for a good story.

Mike Bray

Mike Bray

CEO, Wolfpack Publishing

As the co-founder and CEO of Wolfpack Publishing, Mike Bray has played a key role in the company’s growth and success. Established a decade ago, Wolfpack began as a digital publisher of classic Western fiction. Through strategic expansion, the company has grown to include four distinct imprints: Wolfpack Publishing, CKN Christian Publishing, Wise Wolf Books, and Rough Edges Press. Its catalog now contains over 2,000 titles.
Tieshena Davis

Tieshena Davis

CEO & Founding Publisher, Publish Your Gift®

Tieshena Davis is a publishing expert, process design consultant, and author with over 20 years’ experience in strategic management, growth leadership and training. She is the founder and CEO of Publish Your Gift®, an international, award-winning publishing firm specializing in author branding and development. She appears widely at professional events, teaching audiences how to leverage writing to advance their business and career goals in competitive environments. Tieshena’s expertise has been featured in The Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Publishers Weekly, Forbes and numerous other media outlets. She holds a certification from Yale University Book Publishing Executive Program, and another from MIT Sloan in Business Process Design for Strategic Management, and serves on the board of directors for the Independent Book Publishers Association. Learn more at AskTieDavis.com.
Sassafras Lowrey

Sassafras Lowrey

Author

Sassafras Lowrey is the author of eleven fiction and nonfiction books. Sassafras’ books have been honored by organizations ranging from the American Library Association, the Lambda Literary Foundation, and the Dog Writers Association of America. The film rights to Sassafras’ Lambda Literary Finalists novel, Lost Boi, were recently acquired.

Sassafras is a full-time freelance writer, and certified professional dog trainer whose work has appeared in leading publications including The New York Times, Catapult, WIRED, Publishers Weekly, The Rumpus, Apartment Therapy, and with The American Kennel Club. SassafrasLowrey.com

Reading Books by Their Covers:
Designers Share Their Tips

11:55 AM–12:15 PM

During this prerecorded presentation, graphic designers share their tips
on how to make a book cover pop. The panelists will take a look at
covers submitted by attendees and provide their suggestions
for possible redesign options.

Once registered, attendees will be sent a form to
submit their covers should they choose to participate.

Michelle Argyle

Michelle Argyle

Author and Designer, Melissa Williams Design

Michelle Argyle has been designing for over 20 years and creates covers and other design materials, as well as typesetting and formatting. In 2010 she created Melissa Williams Design for a small publisher. Since then, she has taken on many other clients. She finds no greater joy than transforming someone’s idea into a piece of marketable art. She believes details are everything. Michelle also enjoys writing and has 10 publications to her name. MW Design is now owned by MDA Books, which is the name under which Michelle publishes her fiction. Michelle lives in the Rocky Mountains where she finds every excuse possible to go hiking and be outdoors.

Amy Carlin

Amy M. Carlin

Author and Designer, Melissa Williams Design

Amy M. Carlin has been an avid reader since childhood, devouring literature of any and every genre. Amy has been typesetting and editing since high school and received an editing minor from Brigham Young University in 2013. Since that time, Amy has added cover design and audiobook narration to her skill set. Amy also loves yoga and music, has classical vocal training, and enjoys performing in local stage and film productions. She lives in Springville, Utah, with her sword-wielding husband and two cats.

Distribution Tool Kit:
Getting Your Books to Readers

12:15–12:45 PM

Authors, publishing professionals, and audiobook experts discuss
what you need to know about distributing your book, whether
it’s making it into brick-and-mortar stores and libraries,
ranking on Amazon, or selling on other online platforms.

Michael Anderle

Michael Anderle

Author

Michael Anderle began writing full time at the age of 45, and since then he has sold over 4 million books worldwide either under his name alone or as a collaborator with other well-known authors. He is a Dragon Award finalist as co-author with Craig Martelle for the Best Military Science Fiction novel of the year for 2018. Anderle has also established a publishing company called LMBPN® (for London, Milan, Barcelona, Paris, New York) which has authors from the USA, Australia, England, Canada, and various other countries around the world. Currently, Anderle resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Robin Cutler

Robin Cutler

President, LMBPN Worldwide Publishing; CEO, HowToPublishBooks.com

Robin Cutler is the President of LMBPN Worldwide Publishing as well as the CEO of HowToPublishBooks.com, a consulting service for indie authors and publishers. Robin both created and led the development of IngramSpark, an international, award-winning self-publishing platform from 2013–2020. She has published over 1000 books as Assistant Director at USC Press, and CEO and founder of her trade imprint, Summerhouse Press. Robin also worked for Amazon for six years.

Robin served on the board of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) from 2014–2018. She speaks frequently at writing and publishing conferences worldwide including Book Expo America, Frankfurt Bookfair, London Bookfair, SFWC, and NINC to name a few. Robin has in-depth knowledge of indie, academic, and trade publishing and is an expert in content creation, distribution, on-demand models, and author strategies. She is currently hard at work developing a screenplay. Follow Robin on Twitter @rcutlerbookpub. or contact her at robin.cutler@lmbpn.com.

Jim Foley

President, BookBaby

Jim Foley serves as President of BookBaby. Over a 20+ year career working in the independent music and publishing industries, Jim and his teams have helped artists and authors bring their work to the marketplace. As a lifelong musician and writer, Jim has deep knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist for creators as they navigate their publishing careers. Jim and his pop rocking band Canadian Invasion have been making popular indie records since forming the band as teenagers in ’90s.
Ashley Lobocki

Ashley Lobocki

Manager & Publishing Director, Aurora Publicity; Co-owner, LitRing

As the Manager and Publishing Director for Aurora Publicity, and co-owner of LitRing, Ashley Lobocki helps authors develop strategic publishing plans, optimize their distribution, and increase their opportunities for success. As a sounding board and source of trusted knowledge on all things publishing, she’s been featured on numerous podcasts and events, and believes that knowledge is power and to share that knowledge because we’re all in this together. Before bringing her analytical, logical, and organizational skills to the publishing industry, Ashley had a long career in nursing administration.

Breakout Sessions

12:50–1:20 PM

In back-to-back rounds of breakout sessions, choose between
Copyright: What Indie Authors Need to Know and The Audiobook Option
followed by a choice between
Uplifting Marginalized Voices: Writing Outside Your Own Experience and
Reviews & Contests: What’s in It for You.

Lunch Break & Partner Panel:
Meet the Sponsors and Learn How
Their Services Can Work for You with Q&A

1:20–2:20 PM

How I Do It:
Noted Authors Share Secrets of Success

2:20–3:00 PM

With so many books being published each year, it can be overwhelming
for authors looking to find their niche. Accomplished authors and
publishing experts weigh in on how they’ve achieved their success.

Kim Catanzarite

Kim Catanzarite

Author

Kim Catanzarite is the author of the award-winning Jovian Duology sci-fi thriller series. She is a freelance writer and editor for publishers and independent authors, and she teaches copyediting for Writer’s Digest University. Her Self-Publishing 101 blog discusses the ins and outs of indie life as well as all things writing craft. When she’s not writing or editing, Kim enjoys hiking, drawing, and talking to her cats. She lives on the east coast of the US with her husband and daughter. For more information, visit AuthorKimCatanzarite.com.

Paul Levine

Paul Levine

Author

Paul Levine is the Amazon number one bestselling author of the “Jake Lassiter and Solomon vs. Lord” series. Levine won the John D. MacDonald Fiction Award and has been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, Shamus, and James Thurber prizes. A former trial lawyer, he also wrote twenty episodes of the CBS military drama JAG and co-created the Supreme Court drama First Monday starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna. The international bestseller To Speak for the Dead was his first novel and introduced linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter. Bum Rap, which brought Lassiter together with Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord, was an Amazon #1 bestseller. His latest book is Early Grave in which an ailing Lassiter sues to establish high school football as so inherently dangerous as to constitute a “public nuisance” that should be abolished. Visit the author’s website at paul-levine.com or his Amazon Author Page and follow him on Twitter.

Kyoko M.

Kyoko M.

Author

Kyoko M. is a USA Today bestselling author and a fangirl. She is the author of The Black Parade urban fantasy series and the Of Cinder and Bone science-fiction series. The Black Parade has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly and New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews. Of Cinder and Bone placed in the Top 30 Books in Hugh Howey’s 2021 Self Published Science Fiction Contest. Kyoko M. has appeared as a guest and panelist at such conventions as Geek Girl Con, DragonCon, Blacktasticon, Momocon, JordanCon, ConCarolinas, and MultiverseCon. She is also a contributor to Marvel Comics’ Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda (2021) anthology. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Lit degree from the University of Georgia.

Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright

Author

Natalie Wright is the author of seven novels, including the award-winning YA sci-fi series H.A.L.F. Her debut YA novel, Emily’s House, has over 2.1 million reads on Wattpad. Season of the Dragon (Menaris Books, March 2023) is her first adult fantasy novel. Natalie also co-hosts the popular SFF podcast, Tipsy Nerds Book Club, with author guests such as Hugh Howey and Darynda Jones. She’s also a judge in the international short story writing competition, NYC Midnight. Natalie appears frequently as a guest and panelist at book festivals and conventions, including the Nebula convention. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two ornery cats and frequently visits her college-age son in New York City.

Michael Anderle

MODERATOR

Michael Anderle

Author

Michael Anderle began writing full time at the age of 45, and since then he has sold over 4 million books worldwide either under his name alone or as a collaborator with other well-known authors. He is a Dragon Award finalist as co-author with Craig Martelle for the Best Military Science Fiction novel of the year for 2018. Anderle has also established a publishing company called LMBPN® (for London, Milan, Barcelona, Paris, New York) which has authors from the USA, Australia, England, Canada, and various other countries around the world. Currently, Anderle resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pitch Perfect:
Get Expert Insight on Real Pitches
Submitted by Attendees

3:00–3:20 PM

During this prerecorded presentation, you’ll learn all about book pitches,
why they matter, and how to create a winning pitch for your next project.
Pitches by attendees will be presented during this session.

Submit your pitch for a chance to have it critiqued!
Once registered, attendees will be sent a form to submit
their pitches should they choose to participate.

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Editor, The Hot Sheet

Jane Friedman has spent nearly 25 years working in the book publishing industry, with a focus on author education and trend reporting. She is the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, which was named 2020 Media Outlet of the Year by Digital Book World. Learn more at JaneFriedman.com.

Genre Sessions

3:20–4:05 PM

Six break-out sessions offer a deeper discussion on writing and publishing
within a specific genre or category. Choose from the following sessions:

Carmen Amato

Carmen Amato

Author, Detective Emilia Cruz Series

Carmen Amato turns lessons from a 30-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency into fiction loaded with drama and deception. Beginning with Cliff Diver, the Detective Emilia Cruz series pits the first female police detective in Acapulco against Mexico’s cartels, corruption, and social inequality. Optioned for television, it’s a two-time winner of the Outstanding Series award from CrimeMasters of America. Her vibrant Galliano Club historical series was inspired by her grandfather, a deputy sheriff during Prohibition. From upstate New York, Carmen holds degrees from Le Moyne College and the University of Virginia, plus certificates from Institut Catholique, Paris, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is a recipient of both the National Intelligence Award and the Career Intelligence Medal. Carmen’s popular Mystery Ahead newsletter unlocks her top secrets with exclusive content and reviews. See more at carmenamato.net.
Gary McAvoy

Gary McAvoy

Author

Gary McAvoy is author of many books including his bestselling thriller novel series, The Magdalene Chronicles, and his newest series, Vatican Secret Archive Thrillers. His nonfiction work, And Every Word Is True, has been hailed as a sequel to Truman Capote’s landmark book In Cold Blood. Gary is also a professional collector of ancient manuscripts and historical documents, much of which informs his writing projects. From 1999 to 2005, Gary worked closely with primatologist and animal ethicist Dr. Jane Goodall, serving as Seattle Base Camp Chair for the Jane Goodall Institute, managing Northwest fundraising efforts in support of the Institute’s global initiatives. In 2003 Gary convinced Jane she should speak to global food issues, and in 2005 they co-authored Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating (Warner Books).
Jon Cohn

Jon Cohn

Author

John Cohn is a horror novelist and professional board game designer based out of San Diego. He frequently tries to find ways to blend his two passions by creating narrative-focused horror games like The Grind House, and Ghostbusters: Blackout. While The Island Mother is his debut novel, he has a number of short stories published as well. The Three Currencies of Doctor Kulick was published in Bellevue Literary Review as a finalist in their 2022 Short Fiction competition. His upcoming novel Slashtag is a horror-satire that will be released Spring 2023. You can stay caught up with upcoming releases by following @joncohnauthor on Instagram and Twitter. If you would like to find content from Jon that does not feature his dogs Gizmo and Luna, you can sign up for the newsletter at joncohnauthor.com.
Lydia Hawke

Lydia M. Hawke

Author

Lydia M. Hawke is a Canadian author of supernatural thrillers and paranormal women’s fiction (urban fantasy). She also writes romances under the name Linda Poitevin. To date, she has published a total of ten novels and three novellas. Her books have twice placed in the Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize quarterfinals and once in the semifinals. She has also twice received honorable mention in the Reader’s Favorite Awards. Lydia lives near Ottawa, Canada’s capital, and is a proud crone, wife, mom, grandma, friend, and lifelong learner. In her other-than-writing-life, she is also an avid gardener, walker, keeper of many pets, and is forever starting new projects…some of which she even finishes.
Julie Mathison

Julie Mathison

Author; Founder, Starr Creek Press

Julie Mathison is the founder of Starr Creek Press and the award-winning author of four novels for young people. Collectively, her books have been the recipient of the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Best Middle Grade Reader, the First Horizon Award for debut books, the Best Book Award for Children’s Fiction from American Book Fest, and the Writer’s Digest Best eBook Award for YA Fiction. She is also a two-time BookLife Prize Semifinalist. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon where she writes and speaks about the interface between traditional and independent publishing and the role of quality self-published works in maintaining a diverse and robust literary ecosystem. Visit her at juliemathison.com. Find her on Twitter @CreekStarr.
Katrina Schroeder

Katrina Schroeder

Sci-fi/Fantasy Editor; Ghostwriter

With over a decade of editing experience, Katrina Schroeder is a highly qualified book coach, editor, and ghostwriter. She specializes in speculative fiction but also works with any genre of fiction and nonfiction. Katrina is a member of both ACES and EFA, holds a Certificate in Editing from ACES/Poynter, and has taken the Developmental Editing for Fiction course through the Editorial Arts Academy. She’s currently finishing her Book Coach Certification through Author Accelerator, although she’s been coaching with a publisher for over a year. Katrina is an editor with Luna Station Quarterly, a print and digital speculative fiction magazine that publishes short fiction written by women-identified writers. She’s also a writer for FoxFireFiction, a tabletop RPG, and has ghostwritten several fantasy novels.
MODERATOR

Phoebe Cramer

Reviews Editor, BookLife

Phoebe Cramer is a reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, where she handles coverage of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and romance titles. She can be found on Twitter @PhoebeLCramer.
Kay Cove

Kay Cove

Author

Kay Cove writes contemporary romance novels that are sweet and steamy. She loves strong and witty heroines that aren’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with an alpha hero. Her favorite writing weapon of choice? Banter. Born in Colorado Springs, Kay graduated with a degree in human resource management and spent a few years as an HR professional. Nowadays, she spends her time at home with her two young sons and husband, traveling wherever the military takes them. When she’s not binge-watching The Big Bang Theory or true crime documentaries, she likes to get lost in writing, building, and testing relationships of all types–romantic, friendship, and family.
Stacy Gold

Stacy Gold

Author

An award-winning adventure romance author, Stacy Gold would rather be in the middle of nowhere than almost anywhere else. She’s run more than 50 rivers in three countries, been heli-dropped into remote ski huts, worked as a ranger for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, and spent years as a commercial river guide and whitewater kayak instructor. Her last “real job” was Communications Director for a state-wide mountain biking non-profit. When she’s not busy kayaking, skiing, biking, or hiking with her husband and happy dogs, she writes about independent, badass women finding love and adventure in the great outdoors. Her latest release, Wild at Heart, was a 2022 BookLife Prize finalist. To see more visit stacygold.com
Norian Love

Norian Love

Author

Norian Love is a best-selling author, screen-writer, songwriter, and poet, whose character-rich storytelling and creative world building is swiftly setting him apart as one of the top writers in the black romance genre. His latest release, Autumn: A Love Story, was the recipient of the Association of Black Romance Writers 2021 Book of the Year Award. Autumn’s complementary poetic journal, Blue: Love Letters to Fatima, also became a number one best-seller, giving him the distinction of having number one releases across multiple genres. He was a finalist for the 2021 Black Authors Rock, Author of the Year Award, as well as a finalist for the 2022 Romance Slam Jam Best Erotic Romance EMMA Award. He is completing the highly-anticipated Money, Power, & Sex series and serves as head screenwriter for the University of Houston HIV Awareness campaign. Penning the hashtag, #blacklovematters, Norian has garnered accolades for his work from reviewers, fans, peers, book clubs, and podcasts. His books are sold worldwide in print, eBook, and audio formats. Visit norianlove.com or follow him @norianlove.
W. B. Garvey

W. B. Garvey

Author

W. B. Garvey is a relative of the famous pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey. Born in Los Angeles to Jamaican immigrants, Garvey attended high school in Kingston where he continued his childhood career as a concert pianist and violinist, performing live and on television. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Garvey moved to New York City where, in addition to his work as a recording musician, he appeared as violin soloist with renowned symphony orchestras and as recitalist in major U.S. concert halls. Learning of the heroic yet unheralded contribution of black West Indians to the building of the Panama Canal, Garvey was inspired to write his first historical novel, Panama Fever: Digging Down Gold Mountain, followed by the award-winning White Gold. Garvey’s most recent work, the fictionalized memoir Independence Blues earned wide acclaim.
Lilianne Milgrom

Lilianne Milgrom

Author

Lilianne Milgrom is a Paris-born, internationally acclaimed artist and author residing in the US. She holds two degrees from Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia. Her debut historical fiction L’Origine: The Secret Life of the World’s Most Erotic Masterpiece is the recipient of six literary awards. Aside from her blog, Lilianne’s articles have appeared in publications such as HuffPost, Ceramics Art and Perception, Funds for Writers, Daily Art Magazine and France Magazine. Her essays have been included in two anthologies. She is currently working on her second novel. She was recently selected as a semifinalist to appear on the TV pilot of America’s Next Great Author. liliannemilgromauthor.com liliannemilgrom@gmail.com
Michelle Rene

Michelle Rene

Author

Michelle Rene is a creative advocate and multiple award-winning author of historical and speculative fiction. She’s been writing for over 17 years and navigating the treacherous waters of publishing for the last ten. Michelle would like to say she’s seen it all, but that would be tempting fate. Maud’s Circus, Tattoo, and Hour Glass are just a few of her award-winning indie titles. All three have had the honor of gracing Publisher Weekly‘s review spotlight. Her middle grade debut, Brick Dust and Bones, is set to release in July 2023 with Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan Kids) under the pseudonym, M.R. Fournet. When not writing, she is a professional artist, belly dancer, and autism mom. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her son, husband, and two ungrateful cats.
Morgan Vega

Morgan Vega

Author

Morgan Vega is the author of Sleeping Around. She earned her BA in English from Bridgewater College and MA in Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication from James Madison University. She worked in higher education for seven years before transitioning into the publishing industry. Morgan interned at Kore Press, worked as an editor at Scarsdale Publishing, and now is the Marketing and Sales Associate at No Starch Press. Morgan grew up and lives in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, and when she’s not writing, she does freelance editing and talks about books on social media. Visit her website morganvega.com and follow her on social media @MorganVegaWrite.
Karen Clark MODERATOR

Karen Clark

Freelance Writer; Editor

Karen Clark is a freelance writer, Publishers Weekly contributor, and editor who received her MFA from the City College of New York after owning an antiquarian bookshop on Manhattan’s Upper West Side for over a decade.
Laura Davis

Laura Davis

Author

Laura Davis is the author of The Burning Light of Two Stars, The Courage to Heal, and five other groundbreaking books. In addition to writing books that inspire, the work of Laura’s heart is to teach. For more than twenty years, she’s helped people find their voices, tell their stories, and hone their craft. Laura has been published in Publishers Weekly, Writer’s Digest, CrimeReads, Brevity, and The New York Times, featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books, and on QWERTY, Write-Minded, The Only One in the Room, and dozens of other podcasts. She’s a featured speaker for The National Association of Memoir Writers and a popular craft teacher at The San Miguel Writer’s Conference. She’ll be taking a lucky group of writers to Tuscany this spring and you can join her. Learn about her online classes and workshops and read the first five chapters of her memoir at lauradavis.net.

Nadia Davis

Nadia Davis

Nadia Davis is the mother of three sons, a writer, attorney, kundalini yoga teacher and former executive director and elected official. She graduated from U.C.L.A. with a degree in Sociology and Specialization in Juvenile Justice and Loyola Law School with a Doctorate. She has received numerous state and national awards for her work improving the lives of others, including the John F. Kennedy Jr. Public Service Award, National Womens’ Political Caucus Woman of the Year, and Hispanic Woman of the Year L.U.L.A.C. Her journey of recovery from childhood and adult trauma, a near death car accident, chronic pain, public shaming, addiction and mental health is an inspiration to many and anyone seeking a way out of darkness into connection with their infinite true selves and our home within. Nadia lives in Southern California happily co-parenting her three sons.

Noel Hankin

Noel Hankin

Author

Noel Hankin is a founder of The Best of Friends, Inc. (TBOF), an enterprise that promoted discotheques in New York City starting in 1971. TBOF owned Leviticus, Justine’s, Bogard’s, Brandi’s, and Lucifer’s. These clubs paved the way for the disco explosion in the late ’70s. Hankin is a retired senior executive who managed some of the world’s most successful brands at Moët Hennessy USA and Miller Brewing Company. He also wrote speeches for CEOs and has been published in Vital Speeches. Hankin is a founder of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and served as its Vice-Chair. The Fund has raised over $300 million and helped prepare 260,000 students for career success.  President Clinton appointed Hankin to his Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, where he counseled the President for seven years. Hankin has a BA from Queens College, a Marketing Certificate from the Wharton School of Business, and an Honorary Doctorate from Medgar Evers College/CUNY.

Oanh Ngo Usadi

Oanh Ngo Usadi

Author

Oanh Ngo Usadi is the author of the memoir Of Monkey Bridges and Bánh Mì Sandwiches: from Sài Gòn to Texas, a BookLife Prize memoir finalist in 2018 and a Wall Street Journal bestseller in 2020. Born in Saigon, Oanh grew up in the countryside where her family was exiled after the war. In the mid-1980s, her family escaped Vietnam as boat refugees and settled in a small Texas town.

After working in consulting and having her own personal chef business, Oanh turned to writing. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, and elsewhere. She has been featured in several podcasts including The Moth Mainstage, Voice of America, Bayoulands Talks, and the Bookmonger. Oanh’s latest book about her life as an American expat in Singapore will come out in 2023. You can follow Oanh on Facebook, Twitter and OandOPress.com.

Aubre Andrus

Aubre Andrus

Author

Aubre Andrus is the award-winning children’s book author of ‘The Look Up’ series, an award-winning biography series featuring real women in S.T.E.A.M. careers. She also has written dozens of books for National Geographic, Lonely Planet, American Girl, Disney, Scholastic, and young YouTube stars. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughters. Head to aubreandrus.com to learn more about virtual school visits or find her on social media @aubreandrus.
Rosston Meyer

Rosston Meyer

 

Rosston Meyer is a designer, paper engineer, and publisher of art pop-up books, cards, and prints through his company, Poposition Press. He is one of just a handful people in the world self-publishing pop-up books and one of the only publishers focusing on pop-ups for adults. Every project that Rosston works on is a collaboration with artists, engineers, and other creatives. Since 2013, Rosston has worked with a wide range of artists from street and comic artists like Junko Mizuno and Mike Giant to household names like Andy Warhol. Rosston is on the board of The Movable Book Society, an organization that provides a forum for collectors and makers of pop-up and movable books. He lives in Colorado with his wife, two boys, and their cat, Clawdia.
Josie and Brian Parker

Brian Parker

Publisher, Believe in Wonder Publishing

Brian and Josie Parker live in Beaverton, Oregon and are the owners of Believe In Wonder Publishing. Brian’s life and work is devoted to sharing imagination and creativity with young minds and inspiring a new generation of dreamers. Brian grew up in Alaska, then Mississippi, and has always been in love with storytelling in every medium. He earned a BFA in graphic design & illustration and an MA in writing & publishing. He spends his days working with the family creating new and amazing stories.

All Writing is Rewriting:
You’ve Got a Great Draft. Now What?

4:05–4:35 PM

Writing a great book is just the beginning. Editors, writers, and publishing
professionals offer advice to debut writers who are sprucing up their
manuscripts and just embarking on their publishing journeys.

Jami Carpenter

Jami Carpenter

Editor

Jami Carpenter is a professional editor of over 100 books, who has worked with writers of all ages from as far away as South Africa and Singapore to her home in Bend, Oregon. She works with traditional and niche publishers, on doctoral dissertations, and with freelance writers, helping them self-publish, from editing and layout for print and ebook to launching on Amazon. Jami is the commissioned co-author and editor of three non-fiction works: Education in the Neon Shadow, Westside School: Our School, Our Community, Our Time, and Unforgettable Nevada Women: One Hundred Biographical Profiles. She is the former executive producer and host of the Vegas PBS show, Book Club, which featured interviews with local, national, and international authors. Jami holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees and is a frequent presenter at writing conferences. She can be contacted through her website at redpengirl.com or email her at theredpengirl@yahoo.com.
Joey Garcia

Joey Garcia

Editor; Author Platform Coach

Joey Garcia is an editor and author platform coach. She has helped her clients land bylines and interviews in national media, including Smithsonian, Ms., The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The Tamron Hall Show. As an indie author, Joey has been featured in HuffPost, USA Today, Deutsche Welle, KVIE public television, Australia’s Ticker News and Slate’s Dear Prudence podcast. Her poetry, short stories, and essays have received awards and been published in Calyx, Mslexia, Hippocampus Creative Nonfiction magazine, The Caribbean Writer, and Hypertext (forthcoming). In 2017, she established the first-ever literary fellowship in the history of Belize, her birthplace. Joey leads an annual retreat in Belize for writers from all over the world. joeygarcia.com
Giovanna Siniscalchi

Giovanna Siniscalchi

Award-Winning Author

Giovanna Siniscalchi is the author of The Winemakers, a series of historical romances set in Portugal. Her debut novel, The True Purpose of Vines, received the Highly Recommended Award of Excellence from The Historical Fiction Company and was voted best historical romance of the year by The Chick Lit Café. “Siniscalchi captures readers’ attention from the beginning, and her union of history with intrigue is a winning combination” (BookLife). “The author’s compelling characters and propulsive plot create a warm romance that goes down easily and does not hesitate to explore the difficulties of a cross-cultural relationship” (Kirkus Reviews). “Giovanna Siniscalchi scripts scenes that will make readers feel they are there in person—drinking the full-bodied wine, feeling the port’s luscious burn, smelling the lemon trees” (Chick Lit Café).
Brooke Warner

Brooke Warner

Publisher, She Writes Press and SparkPress

Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-light Your Book, What’s Your Book?, and three books on memoir. Brooke is a TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster (of Write-minded with co-host Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo), and the former Executive Editor of Seal Press.

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